Cake Love Xing

by Prince Of Petworth February 27, 2008 at 11:48 pm 27 Comments

IMG_7032, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

I love this cart that goes between the cake love store and the love cafe across the street. It’s a beautiful sight. I’m not a big cake fan personally but I hear their goods are out of this world. Any fans here?

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  • dk

    Yup. Great carrot cake.

  • Their cake is overrated. Good, but not great and certainly not worth the premium prices you pay for it. I’m happy that business is good, but the 14thandYous are not patrons of the shop.

    Now the Love Cafe is a different story. The sandwiches there are very, very good. Particularly the applewood smoked bacon BLT. Yum.

  • Anonymous

    sorry but their icing is horrible. im an icing snob and it tastes like lard….there’s a new cupcake store that opened up in georgetown, called….wait for it……georgetown cupcakes. i waited in like for 30 min to get a taste……wow….so tasty…go for the red velvet or coconut chocolate. i know it’s not in the ‘hood, but cakelove’s not that great.

  • Sveiks

    Reeves was the best bakery in DC (their cupcakes were the greatest things ever), but they closed up shop last year. Cakelove cupcakes are too dry.

  • engineergirl

    The Love Cafe is a cute spot to chill, but their cupcakes are pretty lackluster. I do like their buttercream because I prefer it more buttery than sweet, but the cake itself is not that great. I’m a part-time baker for another cupcake spot in DC, but I swear my opinion is not biased. :)

  • Nikki

    Their actual cake is quite good. Grab a slice of the lemon coconut. Their vegan peanut butter chocolate cupcake is very decent as well, but I am overall not blown away by their cupcakes.

    But really, what is it with cupcakes? Is it because they are cute? Because for reals, it’s less cake that usually comes out drier no matter what with way too much frosting. Maybe I just don’t get it. Slice of cake, please.

  • Anonymous

    engineergirl…are the cupcakes good at the store you work for? can you give a shout out? im always looking for new ones to try…i’m the icing snob post from above.

    nikki – yes, they’re cute and a yummy snack…doesn’t make me feel as guilty to indulge for some reason. but i’ll take the corner of a slice of cake anytime….

  • smergio

    does anyone know if cakelove still carries the vegan stuff? and yes i know of sticky fingers. just asking. i tried georgetown cupcakes and they were awesome. no vegan ones for my boo though.

  • smergio

    baked & wired cupcakes are also good!!!

  • smergio

    @ nikki is this at the dc cakelove or the silver spring one. i heard that they were going to stop carrying them at either one or both.

  • sara.h

    City Paper had a bit about this yesterday, too (both about G’town Cupcakes and Cake Love.)

    I think the cupcakes at Cake Love are dry and, unless it’s dipped in gold, no 6″ cake should cost $30+.


  • carrie k

    There are a lot of Cake Love haters out there. My theory is it’s a lot of backlash due to it’s popularity (Warren Brown on Food TV, etc). Every time I’ve had a Cake Love cupcake, it’s been divine. But maybe I’m just a sheltered cupcake eater. Perhaps it’s time for me to spread my wings and sample all the cupcake wares that DC has to offer.

  • Otis Gal

    I haven’t been here yet but just read about a new bakery in Shaw.
    1239 Ninth St. NW, 202-249-3258. Hours: Tuesdays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Chatman’s D’Vine Bakery & Cafe in Shaw

    A ray of entrepreneurial light has brightened the drab streetscape on the Ninth Street side of the Washington Convention Center. Late last month, baker Debra Chatman opened a small cafe to showcase her homey desserts. In addition to a nine-stool counter, there are five cafe tables in the space, which is painted a lively shade of lime.

    Chatman, 48, is a fine baker. Her lemony sweet potato pie ($3.50 per slice), in particular, is one of the best we’ve tried. Yet she has no formal culinary training.

    “I create things as I go. I don’t have recipes,” says Chatman, a South Carolina native who served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years as a paralegal before retiring as a staff sergeant. “One day I woke up and said, ‘I don’t want to be a paralegal anymore.’ And here I am.” She chose to open in this slowly changing corridor after a real estate agent told her there had not been a bakery in the neighborhood since the 1960s.

    Her New York-style cheesecake ($3.50 per slice) has a rich, creamy filling and a buttery graham cracker crust. Chatman’s luscious peanut butter and chocolate cheesecake ($3.25 per slice) has a thin chocolate-cookie crust. Another nice dessert, one that you don’t see everywhere, is a perfectly seasoned pumpkin-and-raisin-bread pudding ($3.50 per slice). A second pleasant bread pudding, called Rocky Mountain Boulder ($3.50 per slice), is made with chunks of Key lime pie and New York cheesecake.

    But there are sour notes. Split pea soup (eight ounces, $3.75), on the short lunch menu, has a pronounced metallic flavor.

    We had better luck with the sandwiches ($8 each) offered each day. Moist beef brisket and succulent pulled pork are served on ciabatta rolls. Sadly, the accompanying barbecue sauce was uninspired and the hefty ciabatta overpowering; the meat would be better off served on a soft hamburger bun.

    On a recent morning, the credit card machine wasn’t working, and the cash register wouldn’t print receipts. And it took at least 20 minutes for the order to be prepared, even with no other customers in sight.

    Beyond desserts, Chatman’s is a work in progress.

  • engineergirl

    Nikki – Some of us like all that frosting! Another benefit of the cupcake is that it’s more portable and you don’t need a fork and plate to eat it. But I do think the cupcake’s popularity is largely due to its cuteness and to childhood nostalgia.

    Anonymous – I work at Baked & Wired in Georgetown; everyone has their own idea of what constitutes a good cupcake, but Baked & Wired’s have gotten good reviews. I think our icing is sweeter and fluffier than Cake Love’s. I haven’t been to Georgetown Cupcake yet so I don’t know how it compares.

  • Sweet Toof

    I think Cake Love is great. But Georgetown Cupcakes and Paisley Fig is AMAZING.

    Paisley Fig has the best cheese cake in town. I dont think they have a store front yet, but you can order online and I think they do the desserts at Cork on 14th. St. http://www.paisleyfig.com

    I went to Georgetown Cupcakes and was really impressed. There was a huge line but worth the wait!

  • Cupcake Love Hate

    On a side note, Warren from Cake Love and Lizzy from Paisley Fig both live in Petworth!

  • cristobal

    what about that bakery on georgia, in the bright yellow building…flip it bakery? something like that…i always want to stop, but im usually too worried about not being killed as some jackass flys around me in the right hand lane, only to cut me off to miss the cars that are parked in it…

  • Adams Morgan

    As someone else noted, no 6inch cake should cost $30+ (six inches people is two inches smaller than your typical sized cake). While I’m not a huge fan of the cake/icing itself, the ridiculous amounts of money that Warren Brown charges are surely where most of the backlash comes from. Clements and Reeves were the best.

  • Petworth Princess

    Eh. I’ve never been blown away by the cupcakes and I only like one of their cakes. The one with the raspberries and pink frosting. Let it sit out for a bit and it’s pretty good.

    I prefer Sticky Fingers in CH.

  • maeella

    I totally love their cupcakes. Pretty rich, but really good with a cup of coffee. Lots of different flavors too.

  • “There are a lot of Cake Love haters out there. My theory is it

  • CP

    Dreadful. I’m not concerned with prices or popularity; it’s the sub-par product that compels me to steer clear of that place. Like many Washington-area eateries, Cake Love is frequented by hipsters who love its name appeal and simply aren’t exposed to actual good food.

  • nomorehipsters

    worst cupcakes and cakes i have ever had. even after serving at room temperature as directed. someone got me a birthday cake from there once and i just took one bite (and i love cake). also love cafe is absurdly priced. i dont understand the allure and never have,

  • reuben

    Got my 50th birthday cake from the aforementioned…. Was it all that and more…
    Oh yessssssssssssssssssssssssssss!

  • ifnomorehipstersisinyournamethatmakesyouahipster

    The prices are absurd… for two iced coffees and two SLICES of cake it came out $20. The cake was good but I haven’t been back since last May or June.

  • Anonymous

    used to love cake love, but now i’ll all about Buzz in Del Ray


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